Beltelecom, Huawei showcase Smart Home services at FTTH Conference

Beltelecom, Huawei showcase Smart Home servicesTelecom operator Beltelecom and Huawei have showcased their commercial Smart Home services – at the FTTH Conference 2017.

At the Gigaband forum held by Huawei, Beltelecom and other operators discussed new business models for the gigabit access era.

The ICT development index ranking of Belarus increased from 52 in 2010 to 31 in 2016, according to ITU.

Beltelecom, which started its GPON FTTH strategy in 2011, has provided FTTH access for over 1.2 million homes, accounting for 50 percent of total broadband users. It helps to achieve the fixed broadband home penetration rate of over 70 percent.

Beltelecom plans to provide the Smart Home service to more home users and continue to work with Huawei on service innovation and introduce more sensors and smart devices to expand the existing Smart Home service types.

At the same time, Beltelecom will explore remote metering services and combine Smart Homes with current energy services to implement remote metering for water, electricity, heat, and gas meters in new buildings.

“With the support of Huawei, Beltelecom is able to provide a convenient digital life for users. In the future, Beltelecom will continue to cooperate with Huawei to explore more new business models,” said Vadim Shaibakov, CTO of Beltelecom.

Smarthome technology

Meanwhile, smart home automation and monitoring devices will grow to over 770 million by 2021, representing an eleven-fold rise from 68 million estimated in 2016.

North America, Far East & China and West Europe will account for 75 percent of all households adopting the smart home automation and monitoring technology in 2021, said Juniper Research.

Home automation hardware sales are outstripping subscription services, such as AT&T’s Digital Life offering. While homes adopting this payment model will increase, a one-off purchase model will see faster growth over the next 5 years. Revenues from hardware sales will exceed subscription revenues for the first time in 2018, reaching $6.2 billion.

O2’s recent launch of O2 Home in the UK will remain a niche offering, on account of consumers’ inability to on-board devices of their own choice. The subscription business model was not fit for such an immature market.